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Education 2021-2022

Senate Education and Appropriations Committees met on May 10, 2021 to vote on the following bills:

SB73 (PN54) LANGERHOLC—School Mandate Wavier

This bill amends the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L. 30, No. 14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, by adding a new section that would allow school boards or other governing authorities of a school entity to seek mandate waivers.

Reported out 7-3 (Sens. Williams, Kearney, and Comitta voting in the negative)

SB237 (PN206) BARTOLOTTA—Dual Enrollment for Charter Schools

This bill amends the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L. 30, No. 14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, to allow charter schools, regional charter schools, and cyber charter schools to enter into dual enrollment agreements with institutions of higher education.

Reported out 9-1 (Sen. Kearney voting in the negative)

SB351 (PN353) LANGERHOLC—Community Engaged Schools for Success Pilot Program

This bill amends the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L. 30, No. 14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, by adding Article XV-K that creates a pilot program for Community-Engaged Schools. Community-engaged schools are schools that develop and implement a community engagement plan to provide engaged student support services.

Reported Unanimously

SB664 (PN 728) CORMAN—Optional Year of Education Due to COVID-19

This bill amends the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L. 30, No. 14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, to give students the ability to repeat a grade level during the 2021-2022 school year to account for any lost educational opportunities due to COVID-19, including students with disabilities who reached the age of 21 during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Reported Unanimously

HB365 (PN337) HARKINS—Removing derogatory terms from Pennsylvania school code

This bill amends the Public School Code by removing outdated terminology used to describe children with intellectual disabilities and updating the Public School Code to include more appropriate language.

Reported Unanimously

HB412 (PN845) GLEIM—Substitute Teacher Shortage (day-to-day substitute teachers)

This bill amends the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L. 30, No. 14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, by adding a section to Article XI (relating to Professional Employees) by limiting a day-to-day substitute permit to 20 days. The bill also repeals the sunset provision for the Substitute Teaching Permit for Prospective Teachers program and clarifies that members with an inactive certification and receiving an annuity may not be employed as a substitute teacher, principal, superintendent or assistant superintendent.

Reported Unanimously

HB416 (PN963) QUINN—DOMinate Epilepsy: Seizure Recognition Legislation

This bill amends the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L. 30, No. 14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, by allowing school nurses, or a professional employee whose duties include direct contact with students, to complete a Department of Health approved course on managing students with seizures.

Amendment A00945–This is a technical amendment to remove an unintended reference to paraprofessionals.

Reported Unanimously As Amended

The Senate Education Committee held a public hearing on April 19, 2021 on pursuing excellence: needed K-12 education reforms in Eastern Pennsylvania:

Senate Education and Appropriations Committees met on March 23, 2021 to consider the following bills:

SB 83 (PN61) BROOKS—Firefighter Training Pilot Program for High School Students

Amendment A00476: Ensures the pilot programs comport with section 7 of the Child Labor Act.

SB 224 (PN194) BARTOLOTTA—Non-Resident Teacher Certification Reciprocity

SB 247 (PN215) PHILLIPS-HILL—Protecting the First Amendment Right to Freedom of Religious Expression

SB 381 (PN367) MARTIN—Renewing the Substitute Teacher Program for Prospective Educators

SB 83 was reported out of Committee unanimously as amended. The remaining bills were reported out of Committee unanimously.


Senate Appropriations and Education Committees held a  Joint Hearing on March 4, 2021 on COVID Impact on Local Districts, Parents, Students, and Educators:

Senate Appropriations and Education Joint Committee Hearing met on February 9, 2021 for a PASSHE Update:

Senator Lindsey Williams

Senator Lindsey Williams

Committee Chair